Appeal against Terry's red card futile: Mourinho

Referee Mark Clattenburg shows Chelsea captain John Terry a red card in the game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Referee Mark Clattenburg shows Chelsea captain John Terry a red card in the game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Manager Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea should contest captain John Terry's red card from the 3-2 win at West Brom on Sunday but admits an appeal would probably be "a waste of time".

He appeared to be unhappy with the dismissal of his skipper for a foul on Salomon Rondon nine minutes into the second half at The Hawthorns, a week after Terry was substituted at Manchester City.

But the Portuguese hinted an appeal to the Football Association to have the sending-off overturned was unlikely after several failed appeals by Chelsea in the last year.

Said Mourinho: "I think we should (appeal) but normally it's a waste of time.

"Remember (Nemanja) Matic against Burnley last year, Diego Costa against Liverpool, (Thibaut) Courtois (against Swansea)?

"It's a waste of time."

Terry's dismissal by referee Mark Clattenburg meant the 34-year-old had failed to complete successive English Premier League games for the first time in 17 years and 462 appearances.

He was sent off for denying a scoring opportunity when he was adjudged to have dragged down Rondon in the 54th minute.

"I don't want to make (anything of it)," said Mourinho.

"To speak about that, I have to speak about many other things in the game, some things you can see, others we can see.

"It's a ball into space behind the full-back. The full-back is pressing high. The striker makes the movement and then Mr Clattenburg decides a red card."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis, on the other hand, criticised his side's defending after they conceded three times for the second successive home game following a 0-3 defeat in the opening fixture by Manchester City.

But he praised their attacking play without star striker Saido Berahino, whom he left out following a failed bid from Tottenham Hotspur last week.

"The transfer window is absolutely ridiculous," said Pulis. "For it to be going through into the start of the season, I find just ridiculous.

"Everybody should be talking about the game and this wouldn't be an issue or a problem.

"Saido's a great lad but this can be disruptive and it has been disruptive. He's a young lad and he needs to be protected.

" The kid shouldn't have this problem. Nobody should. The season has started."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 25, 2015, with the headline 'Appeal against Terry's red card futile: Mourinho'. Print Edition | Subscribe